A Beginner's Guide to Ordering Beef in Bulk

Thinking about buying a side of beef but don’t know where to start? The guide below explains what you’re getting yourself into when you order a whole, half, quarter or eighth beef package. For an explanation of live weight, hanging weight and boxed weight, check out Know Your Weights.

Whole Beef Package
Large family? A whole grass fed beef is not only the best value, it provides you with the most versatility for your menu planning and is fully customizable. For an average size beef, you’ll get about 395 pounds boxed weight (550 pounds hanging weight). Meat will fill 7 standard apple boxes requiring about 13-14 cubic feet of freezer space.

Half Beef Package
The half beef package is great for sharing with friends or family members to get the most for your money. A half beef package typically weighs around 198 pounds boxed weight (275 pounds hanging weight). Meat will fill 4 standard apple boxes and requires 6-7 cubic feet of freezer space. Half orders are also customizable.

Quarter Beef Package a.k.a. Split Half
A quarter beef package (Split Half) will keep a family of two eating beef for most of the year. The average boxed weight is 100 pounds (137 pounds hanging weight). Typically requiring about 3.5 cubic feet of freezer space, it's about the size of two standard cardboard apple boxes. (Standard cut only; no custom cutting.)

Eighth Package
Just want to tip-toe in and see what the grass fed experience is all about? This is for you. The average boxed weight is around 49 pounds (69 pounds hanging weight) requiring about 1.75 cubic feet of freezer space; this will easily fit in any standard fridge/freezer and is approximately the size of a cardboard apple box (19.5″ x 12″ x 12″). (Standard cut only; no custom cutting.)

We are able to provide you with the average weight of a beef for estimating purposes, but each animal is different, so your meat may be a little bigger or a little smaller, and your final price will reflect this. Calculated into the purchase price is the butchering fee, which you will pay directly to the butcher.